6 Great Apps to Enhance Students Social Emotional Learning

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Social emotional learning (SEL), as defined by EQ, is "the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions." Today's technology offers numerous tools and resources to help enhance students social and emotional literacy. Below are iPad apps that you can use to this end. I compiled this selection based on recommendations from Common Sense, Edutopia, and Tech and Learning. You can also check this resource on the use of emojis to enhance students SEL competencies.

Source:Screenshot from EQ Mighty

EQ Mighty teaches students emotional intelligence through interactive video lessons. Each of these lessons come equipped with worksheets and several other learning materials to use in class. The app also offers a useful feature called video modelling which allows learners to "to practice what they learn by video recording themselves and playing it back. Research shows that this exercise is beneficial in replicating appropriate social behaviors."

This apps offers various interactive activities and challenges to teach students a number of SEL skills such as problem solving, strategic thinking, persistence, resilience, self-control, and planning. As students help the Sesame Street monster calm down and solve everyday challenges, they get to learn how to take deep breaths to calm down and develop a rich emotional vocabulary. 

SuperBetter draws on the learning power of games to help users "build resilience, achieve goals, and tackle challenges including anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, concussion recovery and more."

Quandary is a learning game that teaches students the following skills: critical thinking, empathy, perspective-taking, decision making, problem solving, moral reasoning,  global awareness, collaboration, and many more. 

Touch and Learn help students learn and recognize emotions through the use of a wide variety of pictures.  As a teacher, you can use the app to introduce students to new (or existing) concepts regarding emotions and behaviour. 

6- Calm

This is definitely  one of the best apps students can use to practice and learn everything about mindfulness and guided meditation through breathing programs, stretching exercises and relaxing music.